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Useful properties, application and contraindications of oregano

Oregano – medicinal plant

Oregano is a beautiful perennial with quadrangular stem, the top of which a reddish color. A plant belonging to the family Labiatae, grows no more than 80 cm oblong leaves are located opposite each other. Flowers bright purple with a pinkish tinge, gather in inflorescences. Oregano is an aromatic plant. Its flowering lasts from July to August.

Oregano – an herb that grows in the woods, along the roads, among bushes, in other words, it is found throughout Russia.

Useful properties of oregano

Oregano contains a volatile oil, which includes substances such as carvacrol, thymol, and others, have a positive effect on the human body. Due to the content in oregano flavonoids, bitterness, volatile and tannins drugs from it have anti-inflammatory, diuretic and choleretic effect. Oregano has long been very successfully used in folk medicine. It has found its application in the form of infusion, is used for whooping cough, bronchitis. As an infusion of oregano has expectorant properties.

Preparations based on origanum used as a sedative of the nervous stress and excitations. Oregano enhances intestinal motility and increases tone of the intestines. admission oregano increases appetite. Still the plant has pain-relieving properties.

Growing oregano

To grow oregano, you can by seeds, dividing the Bush and seedling. When the seed growing oregano autumn must to clean and dig over the soil and in spring in prepared soil to add humus, superphosphate and fertilizer. The soil must be well dug and leveled, removing all large clods. Make the beds, put seeds in them, burying not more than 1 cm deep into the soil. Next you need to do the mulching of the soil. After 15-20 days the first shoots, you will need to follow the weeds in the area with oregano. Oregano needs thinning, which is done by leaving plants at a distance of 15-20 cm.

Oregano must be constantly watered, fed fertilizers. For a plant to care for up to two months because after that time the plants will be strong and will not need care.

Oregano seeds are very small and germinate quickly,so you can grow a plant using seedlings. To do this you need boxes or cups in which to sleep soft and clean soil. In the ready containers sown seeds. When will freeze after about two months, it is possible to plant seedlings in a Sunny place. In the first year oregano grows slowly and even flowers. But already in the second year it begins to grow and beautifully blossom.

After 3-5 years from the date of planting oregano she starts to give a thick greenery. Therefore, at this time you need to make a division of plants and transplant plants to another location. To divide the most suitable spring. Dug rhizomes must be planted in the pit depth of 5 cm and watered already in advance. On top of the need to fill the earth.

Essential oil of oregano

The essential oil of this plant has sedative properties, eliminating fear and neurosis. Only by this means can you defeat insomnia. It has antiviral and antibacterial effects against flu, colds and herpes. With the help of this oil you can say goodbye to toothache. Oregano oil is used for inflammation of the respiratory tract because it eliminates the inflammation and normalizes breathing, exerting expectorant effect. The essential oil is used inside and externally for bathing.

But no matter how much oil of oregano advantages, it has disadvantages. For example, pregnant women, it is contraindicated. The main application of this oil – compliance with dosages, because otherwise, irritation of skin and mucous membranes.

The use of oregano

Oregano has long been used in official and folk medicine. The plant is a good diuretic, so it is used in indigestion and poor bowel movements. The grass used in the form of infusions, decoctions, poultices and ointments. She has a calming effect in epilepsy, seizures and delayed menstruation.

Oregano laryngitis and sore throat. For preparation of this drug need to take 10 grams of marjoram, 20 grams of chamomile flowers and 10 grams of herb sage. All of this mix and 1 tablespoon of the mixture pour a glass of boiling water. Close the lid and wait for half an hour. Strain the finished broth, it can be used for rinsing the mouth. Rinsing you need to do warm broth not less than four and not more than five times a day.

Marjoram choleretic. Take 1 tablespoon of herbsplants and pour half a liter of boiling water, cover with a lid and leave to infuse for half an hour. Don't forget to drain! Take this remedy 3 times a day 2 tablespoons 15 minutes before a meal.

Decoction of oregano. Take 1 tablespoon of oregano and pour 100 ml of water, put in a water bath and close the lid. After 20 minutes, remove from heat and filtered. Drink a warm broth to 100 ml a couple of times a day before meals.

Powder oregano for colds and headaches. Take the dried grass and flowers of oregano, grind them to a powder state and inhale their scent.

Contraindications to the use of oregano

Given the fact, established by scientists that oregano reduces the muscles of the uterus, it can not be applied to pregnant women. In the case of the adoption of this herb is pregnant could have a miscarriage. People with severe heart disease and blood vessels should also refrain from using this herb.